I want Man Utd job, says Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has told BBC Sport he wants

to become the new manager of Manchester United.

The 62-year-old Netherlands boss has been

the overwhelming favourite for the role since

the dismissal of David Moyes on 22 April.

"I would love the job," said Van Gaal. "I hope

that I shall be the one. It's the biggest club in

the world and it's a fantastic challenge."

It is anticipated United will confirm the

appointment early next week.

Van Gaal was speaking at the start of a three-

day World Cup training camp.

With Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and

his Borussia Dortmund counterpart Jurgen

Klopp ruled out of the running in the very

early stages, interim boss Ryan Giggs deemed

too inexperienced and Carlo Ancelotti's

position at Real Madrid made more secure by

the Spanish giants reaching the Champions

League final, Van Gaal has become the front- runner.

But despite the huge speculation surrounding

him, the Dutchman is refusing to accept the job is his.

"You (the media) are thinking I'm the man but

the most important thing is whether

Manchester United are thinking that," he said.

"You have to wait and see what the club

decides. It's always the same – it's always a

process and you have to wait for the process,

the press are always too fast."

Van Gaal will not be free to join United until

after the World Cup.

And it is clear he is not willing to allow

discussion over his future to interfere with his

plans for Brazil, having failed to qualify for

the 2002 tournament in his first spell with the Netherlands.

"I have to focus on my job," he said. "I am

coach of the Dutch national team. I have

waited a long time to be in a World Cup so

that's very important.

"This doesn't affect me. I have always had

offers. I know what the football world is and

what it means."

United had already ruled out any formal

announcement this week.

That timescale may have something to do with

a planned meeting on Friday between Giggs

and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for

discussions about the Welshman's future.

The 40-year-old has yet to accept any

coaching position with the Old Trafford outfit

and, after introducing himself as a second-half

substitute against Hull, he revealed it was still

to be decided whether he would extend his

playing career by another year.

Giggs has already ruled out the possibility of

playing for another club, meaning his 963rd

appearance for his United could turn out to be

his last.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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